Bored Female Israeli Soldiers Wow Tribeca Film Festival

'Zero Motivation,' directed by former IDF secretary, wins two awards at major N.Y. film festival.


An Israeli film about the subtle dramas of young, bored women soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces led the award-winners Thursday night at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, Indiewire reports.

"Zero Motivation," directed by Talya Lavie – who did her IDF service as a secretary at a military base – looks at a unit of female soldiers doing secretarial work at an army bureaucracy installation in the desert. They serve coffee, shred paper, play computer games, and along the way are tested in their relationships with each other and in the pursuit of their personal goals beyond the dreary tasks at hand.

The film was the only entry in the festival to win two awards: Best Narrative Feature and the Nora Ephron Prize, given to a female writer or director with a distinctive voice.

"Zero Motivation," which stars Dana Ivgy as "The Virgin," Nelly Tagar as "The Substitute" and Shani Klein as "The Commodore," is the first feature-length film by Lavie, a graduate of Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel Film and Television School.